Who Are We?

Our Mission Statement:  As the body of Christ inspired by the Holy Spirit, we seek to be faithful disciples living our lives as a testimony of Christ’s love for all. We welcome diversity and respect and care for all of God’s creation. We seek to spread the Word and invite others to live Jesus’ command to love one another as the Lord first loved us.

MISSION STUDY:  DIGITAL – Proceeding In His Footsteps Handbook


First Presbyterian Church’s leadership equips members and friends to pursue and nurture a life-changing relationship with God in Christ. Our staff members reflect the diversity of background, faith histories, and Christian church experience typical of our Cranford and northern New Jersey communities, as well as this congregation of professionals, young families, retirees, teenagers and children.

In partnership with elders and other elected church leaders, our Head of Staff, Rev. Chris Kile, guides our worship life, works with our youth, and oversees the congregation’s mission as a caring, learning community of faith. Together with a staff of dedicated and gifted church professionals, our Pastor works to establish this congregation as a welcoming ministry that values and serves families, individuals and children alike.

Church Leadership – The Church Boards

Session: The work of the 15 member Session is divided among active teams, each guided by ruling elders and volunteer committees from the congregation

Deacons: The deacons share many responsibilities. They prepare the sacraments for communion at worship services, supervise the ushers, and help those in need in the congregation and community.

Trustees: This group of members focuses on maintaining the physical property of the church (building and grounds), and oversees proper utilization and investment of financial funds.

Our History

First Presbyterian Church of Cranford has a long and full history. There are a couple of pieces dedicated to tell this history.
The History of First Cranford
Reflecting On Our Sesquicentennial Year